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7 Perimeter Protection Technologies for Better Building Security

perimeter protection - metal fence and electronic access gate around a building

Comprehensive security does not stop with just the building or facility itself; it also includes the area around the facility and the perimeter of the property. Here are a few common perimeter protection technologies for better building security:

1. Fencing

Fencing is one of the most common perimeter protection technologies. There are also a lot of options available when it comes to fencing. Solid, tall fencing generally offers more perimeter security than a standard chain-link fence.

However, you may be limited in what fencing options are available to you depending on your lot’s location, local regulations, etc. Regardless, some type of fencing delivers superior perimeter security compared to nothing.

2. Natural Barriers

Another option when it comes to fencing and perimeter security is a natural barrier. Depending on the level of perimeter protection you need, what is permitted by local regulations, specifics to your property, etc., there are some natural barrier options available.

The most common type of natural barrier is plant-based. Various species of trees, shrubs, bushes, etc. can be used to provide some privacy while also delineating property lines and providing some perimeter protection. Stone walls or retaining walls can be another option in the natural barrier category.

3. Bollards

Fences, gates, and natural barriers can prevent entry into an area. However, if you need to allow for foot traffic while preventing vehicles from entering, like managing college event security, they may not be the best solution. Permanent bollards keep vehicles from entering while still allowing people to move more freely.

If you need more control over when bollards are in place, there are movable options that can move up and down to allow entry to authorized vehicles. Bollards are popular campus security solutions for colleges & universities to help limit and direct the traffic flow of vehicles and people.

4. Barricades

Barricades are a solid perimeter security option for areas where you do not need to allow entry, but may need a more reinforced barrier. Vehicle ramming is a risk for some properties.

For these areas, reinforced barricades can help protect the property and facility from this type of forced entry. They may also be good options for perimeters that are near roadways to protect the property in case of drivers who lose control of their vehicles

5. High-Tech Gates

In addition to fencing, high-tech gates and security can help provide effective perimeter security. There are a lot of options and flexibility with gates. One of the things to know about electronic access control is that it is flexible and has access control options that apply to vehicles.

Tall, solid, motorized gates with access control provide a lot of regulation on who and what can access the property. A simple liftgate can also provide some perimeter security and varying levels of access control and management. Entry to a parking lot or to the property can be granted with cards, codes, license plate recognition, or manually through a security guard on the premises or through video monitoring.

6. Video Surveillance

The presence of visible video surveillance is often a deterrent. It can also give you perimeter protection and security in all areas of your property including the perimeter. Parking lots, areas with low traffic, areas with low visibility, etc. are some of the best places to install security cameras.

In addition to covering the right places, it’s also important to make sure you have the right cameras. There are several types of surveillance cameras with varying capabilities. If you have the wrong cameras in a low-light situation, you may benefit from having visible cameras as a deterrent, but you also risk not having the right coverage or clear footage in case of an incident.

Intelligent Video Capabilities

With video surveillance, it’s important for it to integrate seamlessly with your other security systems. This allows for effective monitoring, alerts, reporting, etc. It’s also beneficial to consider the intelligent video analytics capabilities available.

Advanced movement tracking, item counting, heat detection, geo-enabled analytics, and more are all capabilities that are available with the right cameras and video surveillance solutions. There are even counter-drone solutions available. These are just some of the useful applications of video surveillance solutions.

You can even implement systems that use AI-based learning and video processing to capture and analyze video and process alerts and actionable information more efficiently. Additionally, it can help reduce and prevent false alarms.

7. Remote Video Monitoring

Wireless capabilities, remote monitoring, and more are some of the security features you may not know your business needs. Although remote video monitoring can sometimes have a reputation as a nice-to-have, it is becoming more and more of a must-have security technology for any facility. This is also a feature that can help warehouse and retail companies protect and secure high-value storage cages.

The ability to receive alerts, monitor, and respond to incidents no matter where you are within the facility or outside of the facility is imperative. Not only does it allow for more effective incident response, especially with perimeter security, but it is also essential for covering gaps in security to provide more comprehensive facility security. These are also some of the big benefits of a comprehensive video surveillance system.

Get the Right Perimeter Protection for Your Facility

Improving your perimeter security is one of the ways to improve building security and these perimeter protection technologies can help. It can be difficult, at times, to determine what type of perimeter protection you need and where. Often, the best security solution for your facility will be a mix of options, whether it’s security at outdoor shopping centers, hospitals, university campuses, etc.

Developing a building vulnerability assessment checklist, which includes the exterior of your facility and perimeters, can be a helpful tool in figuring out how best to improve perimeter security. Partnering with the right security system integrator can help ensure you get the right mix of products and solutions for the most efficient and comprehensive security.

If you’re interested in improving the security of your facility, contact NEPPS at 800-736-1456 to schedule a free site assessment!